Throughout Invisible Cites, Polo firstly describes the construction of each city to immensely seduce Khan’s imagination. Once Polo has Khan’s full attention he begins to emit certain details to the cities construction. In many of the cities, I find that Polo is describing his past failures and regrets. Possibly, Polo was so deeply in love with Venice that he equally hated how he spent his time inside of it. Life literally stood in his way from moving forward. I think Polo disguised the negatives of city initially due to the fact that he was aware that Khan would not have been interested. Once he had Khan’s attention he felt compelled to enlighten Khan and possibly help his future and the future of his empire.
One city that I feel describes this prompt impeccably is Isidora. This city includes everything a man could wish for or ever desire. It gets back to the true barbaric desires of man; qualities relating to selfishness, women, and violent entertainment. Polo states, “A city where buildings have spiral staircases encrusted with spiral seashells.” Just for second, the reader gets trapped and pauses before they read the rest. Now imagine how Khan felt when Polo first described it. He was probably lost and did not expect where Polo was going to lure him to next. Khan possibly enjoyed the details that Polo elaborated on such as having two or three women, cock fighting, and science. Finally, Polo told Khan that the best thing about this city was that it was a place of dreams.
All of the characteristics of Isidora were created by Polo to allure Khan and his imagination into the city. Once Khan was allured, Polo finally told him that is was a city where men have dreamt of when they were young and are forced to view when they are elderly. I’m assuming that Khan is probably disturbed how the city operates. I think Polo was trying to teach Khan an aspect of being a good emperor and to not let childish memories and desires entertain his current state and empire.
In the age of the twenty-first century, I see this on multiple occasions. For example, I have worked at a nursing home for the past four summers. I see people staring at me outside so intensely and how I move about so quickly. This summer it all made sense. Specifically, elderly men will sit outside and watch me cut bushes for hours. They want to be me. They wish they could be my age again and do the things I do every day. This has taught me that I shouldn’t take for granted what I can do today and wish away this time in my life. Live it to the fullest and have no regrets.